O Lord Jesus, the shoes
I am wearing are giving out.
I’m returning to the store
in which I bought them,
hoping to buy another pair.
As a child, buying new shoes
was an important event.
A baby’s first shoes may be preserved
as a memento of the occasion.
Today, I’m simply replacing
my old ones. You and your disciples
lived in a hot, dry land and wore sandals.
Shoes protect the toes and
are adapted to the climate and culture.
Thank you, Lord, for shoes.

Mark 6:7-8:
He called the twelve and began to send them out two by two, and gave them authority over the unclean spirits. He ordered them to take nothing for their journey except a staff; no bread, no bag, no money in their belts, but to wear sandals and not to put on two tunics.


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